Sirventés

Sirventés

 Paris, Île-de-France, FRA
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The power trio gathering Manu Théron (vocals/Lo Cor de la Plana), Grégory Dargent (oud/Houria Aïchi & l'Hijâz'Car) and Youssef Hbeisch (percussions/Le Trio Joubran) seizes with passion the protest songs of the occitan troubadours of the XIIIth century, to transcend them in a modern interpretation.

Biography

Developped mostly in the XIIIth century in Occitania, the Sirventes is a protesting or satirical poem who describes unceremoniously the violence of its century, the stupidity of the powerful and the fleetingness of human feelings.

Sirventes expresses perfectly the soul of these poetsmusicians plunged in their time, these troubadours here quite far from the expression of the courtly love.


Eight centuries later, an energetic trio seizes this antiauthority poetry without border.
Grgory Dargent and Youssef Hbeisch guide with power and distinction the singing of Manu Thron, in a renewed, passionnate and bright interpretation of these timeless texts, arranged with boldness and character, transcending the work of these poets musicians, that has never been more present.


Present from the beginning of Trobar (the poetry of the troubadours), the SIRVENTS is a difficult exercise where the poet makes a fool of the princes, laughs at the Church and questions the Creator, giving him friendly advices as well as merciless criticisms.
Far from the cliche reducing the "troubadour" to a tearful lover in his ivory tower, the Sirvents sets the image of a poet-musician involved in his time, facing turmoil and war, beside his contemporaries. As he is the master of this art that he uses as a Lord, in the middle of the the great wars of his time.


Three musicians chose to honour by developing them or being inspired by them - the original melodies deposited in the end of the XIIIth century by the last troubadours
They will take advantage of their respective experiences fed by collaborations between oriental and occidental musics, popular and art musics, former and contemporary ones to investigate all the potentialities of the medieval Occitan monody.


Mastering digression and improvisation, they will also propose a courteous, intemperate and especially unexpected answer to those who know - like our troubadours - what music and poetry can do to help us easing the nonsense of the world.


Biography of the musicians :


Manu Thron (vocals)


It is in Southern Italy and in Bulgaria - where he lived for more than four years - that Manu Thron discovers singing, with the diligent company of interprets and traditional choirs. Decided to root the Occitan song in our Mediterranean world, he founded the group Gacha Empega, and Lo Cor de la Plana.
Passionate musician he offers the originality of his interpretation to this renewed Occitan culture, that he shares on stage and through his teaching.


Grgory Dargent (oud arrangements)


Eclectrical guitarist and oud player, composer, director, Gregory Dargent cultivates his musical and identical schizophrenia through improvised musics, Tuareg trances, jazz, Turkish maqam, minimalist musics, pop, Afro-American worksongs or French pop song.
From lHijz'Car to Babx, from the Berber singer Houria Achi to Camlia Jordana, from film music to contemporary choreographies, with the most acoustic oud or the most nuclear guitars, Gregory manages, accompanies, composes, sight-reads, questions, searches, makes a mistake, bounces, arranges, orchestrates and shares tirelessly his musical passions.


Youssef Hbeisch (percussions)


Considered as a recognized specialist of the oriental percussions, with a subtle and original play, he has been teaching for a long time, and gives regularly university seminaries and master classes.
Playing with the Trio Joubran since 2007, Youssef Hbeish has performed on the most prestigious international venues and festivals.
He is always opened to new different challenges: participating in a baroque music project, jazz, film music, theater music..

Record to be released in fall 2014 (Accords Croiss - Harmonia Mundi) - Creation on tour from early 2014


Live line-up : 


Manu Theron - vocals
Gregory Dargent - oud
Youssef Hbeisch - percussions



Discography

To be released in autumn 2014
Label : Accords Croiss
Distribution : Harmonia Mundi